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Bob Ehrlich 2016: 7 Highlights from Pre-Politics Life of Potential GOP Presidential Hopeful

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Like many presidential candidates for 2016, former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich didn’t begin his professional life as a politician. Here are seven highlights form Ehrlich’s pre-politics life.

1. When Ehrlich was 10 years old, his family moved into the house where his parents still live today. Ehrlich was born in 1957 in Arbutus, Maryland, a city on the outskirts of Baltimore. In 1967, he and his family moved into a row house on Dolores Avenue, a couple of blocks from the Middle School he attended.

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2. Although Ehrlich won scholarships to both the Gilman School in Baltimore and later to Princeton University. Although his father likes to regale people how his son was accepted to the university without an application, Ehrlich told The Daily Princetonian, "I was a very marginal admission, like a lot of athletes at that time."

3. Although they didn’t attend at the same time, the Gilman School was also the prep school attended by Daniel Brewster a U.S. senator and John Sarbanes, a congressman from Maryland. Gilman is a small private prep school to which Ehrlich won a scholarship.

4. Ehrlich was captain of the Princeton Tigers football team in 1978, during his junior year.

5. Though neither Ehrlich nor his wife had ever been married before, they didn’t marry until he was 36 and she was 31. They have two boys, ages 14 and 10.

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6. After he graduated from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1982, Ehrlich joined the law firm of Ober, Kaler, Grimes, and Shriver, until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. Ehrlich was actually the second former attorney from the firm to move to the governor’s mansion. One of its founding partners, Albert C. Ritchie, was elected governor of Maryland in 1920.

7. Despite winning a scholarship to attend Princeton, Bob Ehrlich still had to work to cover his living expenses at school. According to Faces of Valor, Ehrlich sold sandwiches door to door at night and worked at construction sites on the weekends to make ends meet.

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